Bernhard von Bülow

May 3, 1849 - Oct 28, 1929

Bernhard Heinrich Karl Martin von Bülow, created Fürst von Bülow in 1905, was a German statesman who served as Foreign Minister for three years and then as Chancellor of the German Empire from 1900 to 1909. A fervent supporter of Weltpolitik, Bülow single-mindedly devoted his chancellorship to making Germany a leading power on the world stage. Despite presiding over sustained economic growth and technological advancement within his country, his government’s aggressive foreign policy did much to antagonize the international community and significantly contributed to the outbreak of the First World War.
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